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Russell County Jail

Russell County Jail
228 Brian Walters Drive
Jamestown, KY 42642


The Russell County Jail is the main jail in Russell County Kentucky. While the police in the cities and towns in Russell County can arrest and detain offenders, the Russell County Jail is the facility that is accredited by Kentucky to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Russell County Jail, located at:
228 Brian Walters Drive
Jamestown, KY 42642 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 270-858-6900.

The main reason that people call 270-858-6900 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Russell County Jail that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Russell County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Russell County Jail have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Russell County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Russell County Jail has approximately 3000 bookings, with a daily average of 150 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 37.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Russell County Jail is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Russell County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the Kentucky Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Russell County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the Kentucky Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Russell County Jail. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Russell County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Russell County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with Inmate Sales, the company that handles inmate messaging in Russell County, by creating an account.
  • Select Kentucky, then select Russell County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • If you want to pay by phone, call 877-998-5678.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court.

-  Chirping is the product name for inmate texting.  
-  This product allows Russell County inmates to send chirps (texts) to friends and family members.
-  Inmates will be charged a monthly service fee of $4.00.
-  Inbound and Outbound Chirps are $0.10 each.

Inmate Sales Apps

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Google Play app

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Russell County Jail check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Russell County.


How Do Inmates in Russell County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Russell County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

  • Russell County Jail uses the services of a company named Inmate Sales.
  • Register with them online or call them at 877-998-5678
  • Agents are available M-F from 8:00 AM - 12:00 midnight EST, Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and speak both English & Spanish.
  • Services for Russell County inmates and their families and friends include: Collect Calling, PIN Debit, Purchasing Calling Cards, Deposits, Messaging & Video Visitation.

iphone app
Google Play app

For all the information regarding phone calls with Russell County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


How Do You Visit an Inmate in Russell County Jail?

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate at Russell County Jail, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Russell County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of Inmate Sales utilizing the following instructions:

In order to have a successful video visit with an inmate in Russell County, these are the steps to follow:

  • Make sure you have a device a speaker, a camera and a connection to the internet.
  • Register with Inmate Sales.
  • Find Russell County Jail
  • Select 'New Purchase'
  • Choose Russell County Jail and a product (either 'Remote' or 'Onsite' Visit)
  • Enter your personal information and purchase minutes.
  • Schedule a visit.
  • Call 877-998-5678 if you have any questions.

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Russell County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Russell County Jail Phone: 270-858-6900


How to Purchase Commissary for an Inmate in Russell County Jail

To purchase commissary for an inmate in Russell County follow these instructions:

  • Go to Tiger Services Online.
  • Choose Kentucky.
  • Select Russell County Jail.
  • Click on 'Order Commissary'.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Enter your billing information.
  • Follow the rest of the instructions for Russell County Jail to complete your transaction.

For more detailed information on Ordering Commissary, Depositing Money, Setting up Phone & Visitation Accounts; costs, fees, restrictions, rules and more with Tiger Commissary Services, check out our Commissary Page.


Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Russell County Jail

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Russell County Jail supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Russell County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Russell County Jail, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Russell County Jail adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Russell County Jail

Kentucky Russell 150


228 Brian Walters Drive
Jamestown, KY 42642



Jail (Main): 270-858-6899


Inmate's First and Last Name
Russell County Jail
228 Brian Walters Drive
Russell Springs, KY 42642


Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Russell County Jail in Kentucky?
There are 150 inmates in the Russell County Jail in Kentucky. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Russell County Jail will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Russell County Jail.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Russell County Jail in Kentucky every year?
In 2021, a total of 3000 offenders were booked into the Russell County Jail in Kentucky. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Russell County Jail.

How many people work at the Russell County Jail in Kentucky?
The Russell County Jail maintains a staff of approximately 37. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. Kentucky law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Russell County Jail in Kentucky have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Russell County Jail in Kentucky has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Russell County Jail. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Russell County Jail INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at 270-858-6900 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a Kentucky prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Russell County Jail in Kentucky?
The Russell County Jail address and phone number is: 228 Brian Walters Drive
Jamestown, KY 42642. Their phone number is 270-858-6900. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Russell County Jail.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Russell County Jail, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Russell County Jail inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Russell County Jail. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Russell County Jail. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Russell County Jail. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Russell County Jail. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Russell County Jail. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Russell County Jail.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Russell County Jail?
Call 270-858-6900 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Russell County Jail. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Russell County Jail.

This facility, known as "Russell County Jail" is also known as Russell County Sheriff | Jamestown Police, **Some offenders from this county may be housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Johnson County**, Russell County Jail , Russell County Jail , Kentucky, Russell.